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Bridge to Abstract Mathematics

 Author: Ralph W. Oberste-Vorth, Aristides Mouzakitis, Bonita A. Lawrence  Publisher: © The Mathematical Association of America, Inc.  Published: February 10, 2012  ISBN: 978-1-61444-606-4  Pages: 253  Country: USA  Language: English  View

The seemingly easy concept of number is an abstraction that came late in our intellectual evolution. The ancient shepherd had no method of counting his sheep. He used the more primitive concept of a one-to-one correspondence instead, perhaps by notching a bone as many times as the number of his sheep.

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